27th January 2021

Online leagues results and fixtures

The results and fixtures for the 2020/21 online leagues are now available on the LMS.

20th January 2021

John Cannon, funeral arrangements

Please find below the link to a tribute to John Cannon as well as details to the funeral which can be watched online.

Donations to St Catherine’s Hospice can be made in John’s memory at

West Sussex County Times article:

To access the webcast for John Cannon’s funeral, please read the attached instructions and use the login and password below for the Wesley media site. The webcast is available live on Friday 29th January at 12 noon, and for seven days afterwards. Please note that we have been warned that there are very occasionally problems with WiFi at certain crematoriums, but these are rare.

Name John Cannon
Location Surrey and Sussex Crematorium - St Richards Chapel
Date & Time Friday 29/01/2021 12:00

Login / Order ID: 66906

The password to access the site can be obtained by contacting Ian Comley at Horsham Chess Club - horshamchessclub@gmail.com

5th January 2021

John Cannon

I am very sad to report that John Cannon passed away at home on Sunday night with his family following a period of illness. John's contribution to the club was absolutely enormous and the club owes him a great debt. I was pleased to speak of him shortly before Christmas and there was no doubting the great pride he had in Horsham Chess Club and the great joy it had brought him over the years. He will be very sorely missed.

John played very actively at school showing early promise by winning the King’s School, Macclesfield championship at only 11. He was Stockport and District Boys Champion in 1947/8. Durham University offered more testing opportunities and he captained the university and his college and played in three British University Championships. The inaugural one, which was held at Cambridge University in 1950, was organised by B.H.Wood, who published John’s loss against Leonard Barden (joint winner with Oliver Penrose) in the Illustrated London News, describing it as an example of the frightening knowledge of our younger players. John also played at Oxford in 1951 and came joint second at Leeds in 1953. He also had the opportunity to play at a variety of congresses including Bolton, Bognor and the BCF British Championships at Chester 1952 and Nottingham 1954. It was at Chester that Barden tied with Alan Phillips and uniquely shared the title, following ten play-off games!

John joined Horsham Chess Club in 1958 and was club champion ten times. John had been very active in running our club ever since. He was Secretary (1967 to 2005), Match Secretary (1967 to 2003) and first team captain (1966 to 2006). He became Chairman in 2005, continuing remarkable decades of service to our club.

John was very active in Sussex chess too. As a strong player peaking with a grading of 195 in 1965. He was runner-up in the Sussex Individual Championship three times, in 1962, 1964 and 1968. His county match record is unparalleled playing a total of 515 county games, which is a national record that received national attention in the magazine Chess. John played for all five Sussex teams: Open, U180, U160,U140, Minor Counties and Sussex SCCU Jamboree. As well as captaining Jamboree and U160 teams he also tasted victory in teams that won two National U175 titles (and runner up once) and four National Minor Counties titles.

Ian Comley,
Hon Chairman - Horsham Chess Club

Welcome to the new season

In light of the ongoing Pandemic OTB chess has been suspended. An online tournament, details of which can be found on the LMS, has been provided as a filler until we can all once again enjoy our chess face to face. Stay safe everyone.


Results, documents etc for the past season have been moved to the archive section

Club Pages

Links to club pages can now be found on the home page of the ECF League Management System.